This achievement also earned him the title Datuk, and a description by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as national hero.
As a singles player, Lee is one of the world's dominant player and was again ranked first worldwide on August 21, 2008.
He is the third Malaysian men's singles shuttler after Rashid Sidek and Roslin Hashim to achieve such a ranking (since official rankings were first kept in the 1980s), and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the ranking for more than two weeks. Lee has won many international badminton titles in his career, including many Super Series titles.
However, despite his status among the world elite, Lee has only managed to capture bronze (in 2005) at the BWF World Championships.
His attributes as a player: Datuk Lee Chong Wei is known for his extraordinary defensive play, combining fast reaction times with very quick movements towards attacking shots.
This attributes him with an almost unnatural ability to retrieve powerful smashes, and return to a winning position within the rally.
Lee received RM300,000 on August 21, 2008, as a reward for his silver medal effort in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Also, he received RM3,000 a month as a lifetime pension beginning in August 2008.
His ability to smash crosscourt towards his right side (opposite to the natural trajectory of a crosscourt smash for a right-handed player) is often a winning shot, especially after prolonged tiring of his opponent within the rally.
He is an extremely fit player, who utilizes a relatively small physique and consistent, disciplined training program to last even the longest of badminton matches without appearing to get tired (using this tactically to his advantage, by wearing down his less fit opponents with clear shots).